Rejection sucks. Whether its from a potential employer, romantic partner, or financial investor, no one wants to hear the word “no.” Still, rejection is something everyone experiences at some point in their lives, usually many, many times.
Think about any success story you’ve heard. Mark Zuckerburg becoming the world’s youngest billionaire with Facebook? President Obama becoming the first black president? These guys, in the company of countless other successful individuals, faced extreme odds and received unprecedented criticism from their peers in their climb to the top. They too were told “no” many times.
When it comes to facing rejection, there is no industry that dishes it out more than the entertainment business. Actors, filmmakers, and musicians are told time and time again that they aren’t good enough and won’t make it in the world of show biz.
So you wouldn’t think that one of the world’s most successful rock bands have heard the word “no” much in their careers. That isn’t the case for Irish rockers, U2. In 1979, the band received a rejection letter from RSO Records of London, stating their material was “not suitable for us at present.” Ouch.
A rejection letter Bono received from a record label in 1979. pic.twitter.com/iUL7Nah9t9
— UberFacts (@UberFacts) March 4, 2014
The 35-year old letter was released in a tweet from Uberfacts and shows that even one of the biggest names in the music industry struggled before their success. So, take a look at this letter anytime you face rejection and know that you too (no pun intended) can make a turnaround.